TCL launches BlackBerry KEYone at MWC

TCL Communications, today announced the BlackBerry KEYone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which will be the first smartphone announced under Blackberry’s new brand and device-licensing strategy.

merc_13_onblackBuilt on the world’s most secure Android software platform (based on Android 7.1 Nougat), KEYone will deliver features curated for the modern user, including:

  1. Access to all Google Play apps, the BlackBerry Hub unified messaging inbox, and monthly Google security patch updates;
  2. 5-inch 1620×1080 full HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4;
  3. 3505 mAh battery, the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, which can receive a 50% charge in just 36 minutes;
  4. 12 megapixel rear camera using the industry-leading, over-sized Sony IMX378 sensor;
  5. A high-end design including an anodized aluminum frame and a soft touch textured back.

In addition to the strong security and power productivity features, users will enjoy a physical keyboard that provides more flexibility and usable space for typing compared to your everyday smartphone. The physical Smart Keyboard mimics the heritage of the BlackBerry trackpad by responding to touch gestures, making web browsing, reading, and writing with flick typing a much easier and more intuitive experience. In addition, KEYone is the first smartphone to build a fingerprint sensor directly into the keyboard spacebar for added functionality and security.

blackberry-mercury-keyboard-press“Besides smartphones, our licensing program includes our industrial design expertise and vast trove of intellectual property, and will expand to additional mobile devices, such as tablets, as well as other products that make up the Enterprise of Things, all of which require the secure, mobile connectivity that BlackBerry is well-known for. In a world with growing numbers of devices and mobile threats to our overall security, giving more people confidence in the security of their devices is the most important factor of all,” said Alex Thurber is the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions Division at BlackBerry. 

Ultimately, KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry software and security with TCL’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to markets around the world.